We found 18 providers with an interest in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida MyBlue near Palmetto Bay, FL.

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Dr. Javier Perez Perez Fernandez, MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
8600 Sw 92 Street; Suite 103
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Javier Perez-Fernandez is a medical specialist in critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Perez-Fernandez include sleep disorders, emphysema, and cancer. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Navarra School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at VA Caribbean Healthcare System and a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico. Dr. Perez-Fernandez is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and Kendall Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Cystic Fibrosis, Snoring, Cancer, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jeremy Ira Tabak, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
8600 Sw 92 Street; Suite 204-b
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Jeremy Tabak practices adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology in South Miami, FL, Miami, FL, and Coral Gables, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: sleep disorders, emphysema, and cystic fibrosis (CF). His professional affiliations include Mariners Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and West Kendall Baptist Hospital. Dr. Tabak is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: South Florida Super Doctors. Dr. Tabak is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Cystic Fibrosis, Snoring, Asthma, Emphysema, Smoking Cessation

Dr. Fabriccio Melanio Letellier, MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
8750 Sw 144 Street; Suite 208
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Fabriccio Letellier practices critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. In Dr. Letellier's practice, he is particularly interested in sleep disorders, emphysema, and asthma. He is affiliated with South Miami Hospital, Baptist Hospital, and Homestead Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Ibero-American University (UNIBE) and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). In addition to English, Dr. Letellier speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Snoring, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Emphysema, Smoking ... (Read more)

Dr. Leonard Simon, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Primary Care, Adult Pulmonology
9299 South West 152nd Street, Intensive Care Services; Suite 203
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Leonard Simon is a critical care specialist, primary care doctor, and adult pulmonologist. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Simon has a special interest in sleep disorders, asthma, and snoring. He is affiliated with Memorial Hospital Miramar, Memorial Hospital Pembroke, and Memorial Hospital West. Dr. Simon attended the University of San Carlos of Guatemala, Faculty of Medical Sciences and Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Elmhurst Hospital Center and Beth Israel Medical Center for residency. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. His distinctions include: South Florida Super Doctors; Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition; and Florida Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Snoring, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Smoking Cessation

Dr. Raymond Latanae Parker Jr., MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
8600 Sw 92 Street; Suite 204-b
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Raymond Parker is a critical care specialist and pulmonologist. Dr. Parker is especially interested in sleep disorders, emphysema, and cystic fibrosis (CF). He is professionally affiliated with South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and West Kendall Baptist Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Parker obtained his medical school training at Tulane University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Cystic Fibrosis, Snoring, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Emphysema, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mario Jose Mangas, MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
9200 Sw 72nd Street; Building 4 Suite 100
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Mario Mangas works as an intensivist and adult pulmonologist in Miami, FL. Dr. Mangas attended medical school at Central University of the East School of Medicine. His clinical interests include sleep disorders, emphysema, and immunization (preventive vaccines). He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition and Florida Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Mangas speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with South Miami Hospital, Kendall Regional Medical Center, and Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Immunization, Snoring, Allergy Testing, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary ... (Read more)

Dr. Juan Francisco Rodriguez-Moran, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
8900 North Kendall Drive; Critical Care Unit
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Juan Rodriguez-Moran's area of specialization is adult pulmonology. He graduated from Autonomous University of Central America and then he performed his residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center of Florida. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rodriguez-Moran include sleep disorders, cystic fibrosis (CF), and asthma. Dr. Rodriguez-Moran is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Rodriguez-Moran's professional affiliations include South Miami Hospital, West Kendall Baptist Hospital, and Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Cystic Fibrosis, Snoring, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Smoking ... (Read more)

Dr. Richard Steven Prager, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Pulmonology
9299 South West 152nd Street, Intensive Care Services; Suite 203
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Richard Prager sees patients in Pinecrest, FL and Miami, FL. His medical specialties are adult critical care and pulmonology (lung & respiratory disease). Dr. Prager's areas of expertise include the following: obesity, sleep disorders, and emphysema. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Prager has received include South Florida Super Doctors; Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition; and Florida Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Baptist Hospital and Homestead Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Snoring, Obesity, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Emphysema, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
9299 Coral Reef Drive; Suite 203
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Andrew Pastewski practices adult critical care and adult pulmonology in Palmetto Bay, FL and Miami, FL. Dr. Pastewski's clinical interests include sleep disorders, emphysema, and cancer. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Baptist Hospital and Homestead Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pastewski accepts. He studied medicine at Ross University School of Medicine. He trained at Maimonides Medical Center for residency. Dr. Pastewski is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Cystic Fibrosis, Snoring, Cancer, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Lisardo Garcia Garcia Covarrubias, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery
8950 N. Kendall Drive; Suite 607w
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Lisado Covarrubias is a specialist in general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery. He works in Miami, FL. His areas of expertise include emphysema, heart surgery, and tumor. Dr. Covarrubias is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University and a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Covarrubias is affiliated with Bethesda Health, South Miami Hospital, and Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Heart Surgery, Tumor, Emphysema

Dr. Antonio Emilio Blanco, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
7775 Sw 87 Avenue; Suite 100
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Antonio Blanco's specialty is general internal medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. These areas are among Dr. Blanco's clinical interests: diabetes, emphysema, and migraine. He is professionally affiliated with South Miami Hospital, Baptist Hospital, and Homestead Hospital. Dr. Blanco attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Blanco completed a residency program at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. His average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Blanco takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Incontinence, Migraine, Diabetes, Arthritis, Asthma, Thyroid Problems, Acne, Emphysema, Smoking ... (Read more)

Dr. Carlos Jesus Piniella, MD
Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
9275 Sw 152 Street; Suite 210
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Carlos Piniella is an allergy & immunology specialist in Miami, FL, Key West, FL, and Palmetto Bay, FL. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and residency at Cabrini Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Piniella include immunization (preventive vaccines), asthma, and food allergy. Dr. Piniella has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: South Florida Super Doctors. Dr. Piniella speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include South Miami Hospital and Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Immunization, Food Allergy, Skin Cancer, Allergy Testing, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary ... (Read more)

Dr. Alfonso Jose Monge, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
9045 Sw 87 Court
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Alfonso Monge practices general internal medicine in Miami, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Monge include diabetes, depression, and arthritis. Dr. Monge's professional affiliations include South Miami Hospital and Baptist Hospital. He is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine and a graduate of Georgetown University Hospital's residency program. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Depression, Diabetes, Arthritis, Alzheimer's Disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Dr. Tzewan Wong, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
10420 Sw 77 Avenue; Suite 100
Pinecrest, FL
 

Dr. Tzewan Wong's area of specialization is general internal medicine. His areas of expertise include knee problems, migraine, and thyroid problems. On average, patients gave Dr. Wong a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

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Dr. Felix Eduardo Guzman, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
12600 Sw 120 Street; Suite 105
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Felix Guzman specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Miami, FL. He attended Central University of the East School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Griffin Hospital. His areas of expertise include the following: erectile dysfunction (impotence), thyroid problems, and depression. On average, patients gave Dr. Guzman a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Guzman accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Depression, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Osteoporosis, Incontinence, ... (Read more)

Dr. Reza Azar, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Primary Care
8720 N Kendall Drive; Suite 214
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Reza Azar specializes in adult cardiology and primary care. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Azar include emphysema and heart problems. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO. Dr. Azar attended Iran University of Medical Sciences and then went on to complete his residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center of Florida. He speaks Persian. His hospital/clinic affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Baptist Hospital, and Homestead Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Heart Problems, Emphysema

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What is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)?

COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, is a progressive lung disease that makes it difficult to breathe. It is really two diseases in one: chronic bronchitis (which causes inflammation and thick mucus production in the airways of the lungs) and emphysema (which damages the air sacs and alveoli, delicate structures of the lung tissue that allow a person to breathe).

In the United States, almost all cases of COPD are caused by smoking or exposure to tobacco smoke. Other causes include occupational exposure to dust, chemicals and pollution, and a rare genetic condition.

COPD causes a wet cough that doesn’t go away. It can come with shortness of breath and wheezing, or a tight feeling in the chest. Some people have flare ups where their symptoms get worse, and during this time they can also experience flu-like symptoms such as fever and fatigue.

There is no cure for COPD, but there are treatments to improve breathing and slow the progression of the disease. The first step is to reduce exposure to what caused COPD in the first place, such as smoking. Medicines such as bronchodilators, usually given in an inhaler, can relax the muscles around the airways and make it easier to breathe. Sometimes they are given along with glucocorticosteroids, drugs that reduce inflammation. Vaccines help prevent respiratory illnesses that can worsen COPD. Oxygen therapy can be used if people aren’t able to get enough oxygen into their lungs on their own. In extreme cases, surgery can be used to remove damaged tissue from the lungs or even perform a lung transplant.
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